Date
25 September 2017
Jozef Wesolowski allegedly wore civilian clothing when visiting a Santo Domingo beachfront frequented by child prostitutes, according to media reports from the Dominican Republic where he served as Vatican ambassador. Photo: Huffington Post
Jozef Wesolowski allegedly wore civilian clothing when visiting a Santo Domingo beachfront frequented by child prostitutes, according to media reports from the Dominican Republic where he served as Vatican ambassador. Photo: Huffington Post

Ex-archbishop faces trial on child sex charges in Vatican first

A former archbishop and papal envoy will be tried on charges of paying minors for sex and for possession of child pornography.

The Vatican said archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, a former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, will be tried on July 11.

The case is seen as the latest sign Pope Francis is intent on ridding the clergy of sex offenders, according to sources cited by Reuters.

Wesolowski, 66, was arrested in September and detained in the Vatican in the first church arrest relating to child sex charges.  

He was recalled to Rome in 2013 from Santo Domingo after Dominican media accused him of paying boys to perform sexual acts, leading to a police investigation. 

The pope ordered a criminal investigation after Wesolowski was defrocked and his diplomatic immunity withdrawn by the Vatican.

Dominican media reported that Wesolowski would dress in layman’s clothes, complete with a baseball cap, and visit a beachfront area frequented by poor child prostitutes.

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